Revolution from Within
A New Take on FCC!As we transmute the 3-letter organizations who no longer serve us, we the people, globally, let’s turn FCC into this simple affirmation: FREEDOM * CREATIVITY * COMPASSION. InterviewsListen to the author, Catherine Baird, explore the background behind Revolution from Within and how these ideas of freedom, creativity and compassion are just as relevant for Western society today as they were for a Russia terrorized by Bolshevik tyranny. Learn more about why Lenin ruthlessly exiled 160 intellectuals in 1922. The plots, controversial ideas, the untold history of the first dissidents to Bolshevism. How Revolution from Within started from the very beginning of the USSR until, finally, in the 1980s it burst through the concrete walls of communism’s faceless collective.
Embark upon a voyage with The 160 to explore the psyche of a nation at one of the greatest turning points in history! Follow the unexpected twists and turns of these dauntless personalities … founding fathers of Perestroika, Glasnost’ and a world after Communism … to gain a glimpse of the formidable ideas that have helped shape a culture both inside and outside of Russia today promoting human rights, federalism, unity consciousness, free markets and local sovereignty. Freedom, Creativity and Compassion sit at the heart of this book as the author ties the events from over a century ago back to parallels occurring today.
This is a story of how 160 completely unique activists, philosophers, and politicians kept alive the key tenets of a natively Russian worldview and, with the help of a most unlikely sponsor – the American YMCA – preserved their culture and beliefs for more than three generations until finally they could at last find acceptance once more.
Capitalism: The Inner Battle
We live our lives through stories that reinforce certain values and beliefs. When a critical mass of individuals lets go of these stories, a tipping point is reached, and the scaffold collapses. A cascade of individuals like Newton let go of the story that slavery was acceptable, and change rapidly accelerated. Capitalism is a similarly constructed story, a collection of social perceptions that create a dominant world view. It’s easy to see capitalism as a system external to ourselves, but it’s much harder to acknowledge the stories we carry inside of ourselves that create and reinforce the values that sustain it.
These beliefs produce a pervasive sense of powerlessness, and the story that’s erected around them-the story of capitalism-inevitably becomes a narrative of fear and domination. Trying to change these institutions without altering the stories that underpin them won’t create the paradigm shift that’s required to alter our self-destructive course. That reinforces the problem, especially when stories are founded on fear since people hold on tighter whenever they feel threatened. I found my own ‘hand of grace’ in books by Cordova, Charles Eisenstein and others who are writing new stories to replace the old. I believe that a tipping point to a new paradigm beyond capitalism will only be reached when enough individuals and communities rewrite their stories in this way.
Local food economies create greater self-reliance in communities, and help people to develop an internal locus of control that can free them from fear and the urge for domination, thus creating the new values and beliefs that can sustain a different economic system. We can help by encouraging each other with new stories that describe a different sense of what it means to be human in the world.
Ma’ikwe Ludwig – Cooperative Culture Pioneer
Ma’ikwe Ludwig’s work integrates ecological, economic, social, political and personal approaches and technologies for a holistic view of what real cooperation and sustainability take. Ma’ikwe is a dynamic, compassionate and thoughtful speaker and teacher, and a minister committed to creating a world that supports the well-being and vibrancy of all beings. Her 2013 TEDx talk set the ball in motion for a major speaking tour in 2015, and she regularly does interviews, speaking gigs, facilitation work and trainings. She lives in Laramie, WY where a group of fellow economic radicals are working on starting an income-sharing ecovillage in the belly of the fossil fuel beast. Ma’ikwe’s latest book is Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption.
Ma’ikwe Ludwig is a long-time cooperative culture theorist, practitioner and advocate. She started her consulting firm, Sol Space Consulting in 2002. She is a consensus facilitator and regularly works with intentional communities and nonprofits who are wanting to have more inclusive, relationship-deepening and efficient group process. Ma’ikwe is currently working on The Cooperative Culture Handbook with fellow practitioners Jamaica Stevens and Adam Wolpert. Ma’ikwe is one of a handful of national experts on intentional community who actively teach and consult.
She has lived in community for 20 years, is a regular contributor to Communities magazine and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and started doing anti-classism work in 2015. She promotes income sharing, public finance, alternative currencies and a host of other economic solutions to ending capitalism and privatization, and creating a cooperative, locally self-determined economy in their place.